Skin Deep
Prestige Hong Kong|November 2017

A facialist, a doctor and a plastic surgeon weigh in on three unique approaches to skincare. CHRISTINA KO and ZANETA CHENG report.

All in skin

Before Sarah Chapman opened her Skinesis Clinic in London’s Sloane Square – a flagship that is, for devotees including Victoria Beckham and beauty editors across the city, to skincare what the Apple Store is to mobile technology – she spent all her time looking at skin from every vantage point in the skincare industry. Her initial contact with skin was as a make-up artist, which led to a career trying to perfect the canvas itself so that there would be no need to conceal and cover. Subsequently training as a facialist – Chapman worked for botanical brand Darphin followed by a spell at results-driven cosmeceutical brand Environ – she developed a unique holistic approach that insists on performance.

“I don’t believe in skin type,” she says. “I think we have skin conditions. Your skin changes. It changes with seasons, with age, it changes with stress. I have people that I’ve treated for 20 years and I do something different every single time they come because their skin will have changed.”

Chapman’s range reflects its founder’s philosophy, integrating a core daily range with boosters to support and treat specific conditions that arise with changes in skin. Her standard for each formulation is rigorous and unrelenting.

“Our approach is faceto-formula,” she says. “We’re diagnosing skin all the time. What’s going on? What does it need? And then creating the product to do that.”

“I’m always pushing to get the maximum potency. A lot of chemists tell me that most people put four to five active ingredients in but I’m asking for 15. But I have them all in for specific reasons. So it’s getting the chemist to understand why you’re doing what you’re doing. I take a long time. I do loads of research. I give them all the actives and I also take up 20, 30 different samples before we get to the right texture, the right smell, the right results on skin.”

These days, facials at the Skinesis clinic involve Sarah Chapman products along with a supplement of effective brands she has used over the years, including Environ. Her team members spend six weeks of full-time training, learning about everything from microneedling and Dermalux to IPL and radiofrequency treatment, as well as the brand’s own products, additional brands and the signature massage technique – relearning the way hands move in order to manipulate muscles precisely and in staccato to lift and drain according to Chapman’s choreography.

Chapman’s own commitment to skin over sales is paramount. She says, “I think in our treatments, it’s all about getting the best results for whatever skin comes in. My range is still relatively small, so as of now we can’t treat everything. If somebody comes in with acne, we need some other products. It’s important, even if I have my own range, always to have every solution for every need.

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

MORE STORIES FROM PRESTIGE HONG KONGView All

One Step Beyond

Dancer and actress JENNA DEWAN TATUM has built a career tripping the light fantastic. 

6 mins read
Prestige Hong Kong
May 2017

Crown and Glory

The “Forbidden City” plays host to an array of fine art and jewellery, and Chaumet’s aptly named Imperial Splendours exhibition.

4 mins read
Prestige Hong Kong
May 2017

Bright Young Things

After some serious time in the limelight, summer’s big make-up trend is finally putting brows in the shade.

1 min read
Prestige Hong Kong
May 2017

Fragrant Fancies

The nose behind the reinterpretation of three Bulgari fragrances, Sophie Labbe talks to ZANETA CHENG about the jewels of scent, floral absolutes and ageless femininity.

4 mins read
Prestige Hong Kong
May 2017

Reachable Recharge

The wellness effect of a stay at Amanoi, in a remote part of south-eastern Vietnam, begins before arrival.

3 mins read
Prestige Hong Kong
May 2017

Contemporary Inklings

With a mixed palette of traditional Chinese painting skills and avant-garde Western influences, octogenarian LIU KUO-SUNG, a leading force in modern ink art, reflects on his work with ANDREW DEMBINA.

6 mins read
Prestige Hong Kong
May 2017

French Lessons

STEPHEN MCCARTY discovers the dark side of jazz-era China.

4 mins read
Prestige Hong Kong
May 2017

Top of the Crops

It’s been a long time coming, but the health-food movement has finally hit Hong Kong’s fine-dining scene.

6 mins read
Prestige Hong Kong
May 2017

Modern History

Delvaux’s Hong Kong flagship store has just opened its gilded doors in Central. 

4 mins read
Prestige Hong Kong
July 2017

Double Act

Two designers, two brands, two worlds. Creative directors Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia tell Alice Franklin why taking the reins at Oscar de la Renta made sense as Monse, their new brand on the block, continues to impress

6 mins read
Prestige Hong Kong
July 2017
RELATED STORIES

WARREN BEATTY TURNS THE CORNER!

HOLLYWOOD legend Warren Beatty looked more codger than Casanova during a rare public appearance late last month, sparking fears the “Shampoo” stud may be circling the drain, sources dished.

1 min read
National Enquirer
October 18, 2021

LIFELONG FAN, 99, APPEARS ON GH

LATE BREAKING NEWS

2 mins read
Soap Opera Digest
October 04, 2021

FASTNET RELOADED

THE ROLEX FASTNET RACE HAS LONG DEMANDED REAL RESPECT, BUT A CHANGE, OF COURSE, MADE THE 2021 EDITION A WHOLE NEW CHALLENGE, HELEN FRETTER REPORTS

10+ mins read
Yachting World
October 2021

The power of suggestion

Though the media makes it out to be voodoo, hypnosis may be your secret sauce for success.

3 mins read
Oxygen
Fall 2021

Hollywood Heartbreak: SAD LAST DAYS OF BELOVED STARS

MANY once-glamorous and wildly successful celebs have been ravaged by age, disease, weight woes and even mental illness. This National ENQUIRER special report puts a spotlight on who’s teetering on the edge, who’s fallen on hard times and who’s struggling through their last days!

6 mins read
National Enquirer
September 20, 2021

HARRY & MEGHAN ARE H'WOOD HAS-BEENS!

Hypocrite rogue royals earn sneers and snubs as they sink to the D-list!

3 mins read
Globe
September 06, 2021

RYAN PUTS THE WIND BENEATH BETTE'S WINGS!

BUSY BEE Bette Midler is more fired up than ever at 75 years old and is eyeing an ambitious return to Hollywood, The National ENQUIRER can reveal!

1 min read
National Enquirer
September 06, 2021

SAN FRAN FRACAS FOR JULIA & HUBBY!

PROTECTIVE mom Julia Roberts moved to San Francisco last year with Danny Moder for the sake of their three kids — but her ambitious hubby’s heart is still in Hollywood, sources squealed.

1 min read
National Enquirer
August 30, 2021

Bob Odenkirk

The actor best known as the criminally devious lawyer in Better Call Saul is trading his leisure suits for guns & ammo in the action flick Nobody.

3 mins read
Men's Journal
January - February 2021

THE FAST AND THE DIRTIEST

The latest, greatest off-road machines storm onto West Virginia’s Hatfield-McCoy Trails—and beyond.

9 mins read
Men's Journal
January - February 2021